All-Star - Baseball Wiretap
AL Stars Win 7th Straight
On a night to savor outstanding defense and quality relief pitching, Carl Crawford pulled back a home run with a leaping catch an inning before Curtis Granderson tripled and scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning. That led the American League to a 4-3 victory over the National League on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, as reported by the Associated Press. It was the seventh straight win for the AL since the All-Star game has been used to determine home-field advantage for the World Series.
Fielder Wins Home Run Derby
Prince Fielder outlasted and outblasted former Brewer Nelson Cruz to win the Home Run Derby at tonight's All Star Game activities. Fielder is the first Brewer to win the contest.
Lincecum, Halladay To Start ASG
Tim Lincecum will be the National League starter for Tuesday's All-Star game at Busch Stadium. Roy Halladay will start for the American League. Lincecum never showed up for last year's All-Star game at Yankee Stadium after being hospitalized.
NL's Hoffman, Duke Replace Broxton, Cain
National League All-Star manager Charlie Manuel has announced two replacements for the N.L. All-Star roster today in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jonathan Broxton and San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain are unable to play in the 2009 All-Star Game. The replacement for Broxton is Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Trevor Hoffman, while the replacement for Cain is Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Zach Duke. Hoffman is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA on the season, converting 20 saves in his 26 games. Hoffman, Major League Baseball?s all-time saves leader with 573 in his 17-year Major League career, has struck out 20 batters against just seven walks in his 26.1 innings pitched this year. It is the seventh career All-Star selection (previous: 1998-2000, 2002, 2006-07) for Hoffman, who joins teammates Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder in the 2009 Midsummer Classic. Duke is 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA for the Pirates in 2009. The left-hander has posted three complete games, including one shutout, in his 18 starts, spanning 120.0 innings pitched. This is Duke?s first career All-Star selection in his fifth Major League season. Duke joins teammate Freddy Sanchez as an All-Star selection.
Pedroia Replaced For ASG By Pe?a
Major League Baseball announced today that Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will not attend the 2009 All-Star Game. American League All-Star manager Joe Maddon has selected Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pe?a as his replacement on the A.L. All-Star roster. This marks Pe?a's first career All-Star selection. The ninth-year Major Leaguer is the 28th first-time All-Star selected to the 2009 Midsummer Classic. Pe?a, a 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove winner, is hitting .230 with an A.L.-high 24 home runs and 58 walks, along with 58 RBI and 61 runs scored. MLB and the Red Sox today issued the following statement from Pedroia: ?After consulting with Tito [Terry Francona], Theo [Epstein], Phyllis Merhige of Major League Baseball and my wife, Kelli, I have decided to withdraw from this year?s All-Star Game in St. Louis. I will instead stay in Boston with my wife as we tend to a serious family health matter. ?This was certainly not an easy decision. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the game of baseball and for the All-Star Game and am incredibly honored that the fans voted me this year?s starting second baseman for the American League. I am disappointed that I will not be able to enjoy the amazing experience with the other All-Stars, especially with my Red Sox teammates, but it is important that I put my family first at this time. ?I want to thank Major League Baseball as well as Tito and Theo for supporting me in this decision and I would like to thank the fans for their understanding and the continued support they have shown throughout my career.? Said Maddon: ?I fully understand Dustin?s decision as he tends to a family matter. We wish Dustin and his family the very best.?
Broxton Likely To Miss All-Star Game
Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton likely will have to skip the All-Star game on Tuesday because of an ailing big toe on his right foot, according to an Associated Press report on Saturday.
AL's Mauer, Inge In Home Run Derby
Twins catcher Joe Mauer and Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge will represent the AL in next week's Home Run Derby. "I don't really go up there and try to hit home runs all the time, but we'll just have some fun with it and see what happens," said Mauer, who has hit 15 taters this season. Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez have been named as the National League participants, but the rest of the AL lineup has not yet been announced.
With Pregnant Wife, Pedroia Could Miss ASG
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could miss next week's All-Star Game as his pregnant wife remains in the hospital. Pedroia declined to speak about the situation on Thursday night, but Boston manager Terry Francona raised the possibility that the reigning AL MVP could miss the game. "No, his wife's going through a very serious time right now," said Francona. "I'm not sure how to answer that. I guess there's always a chance that he couldn't play because you don't know what's going to happen. But the plan is for him to play. "Saying that, if he needs to not play I certainly would support that, and it's kind of stating the obvious. His wife is in the hospital. If he needs to not go, he wouldn't, but that's the same for everybody. ... He wants to play."
Cruz Replaces Injured Hunter On AL All-Star Roster
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has been picked for the AL All-Star roster, replacing injured Angels center fielder Torii Hunter, according to an Associated Press report on Friday.
Werth Replaces Beltran As NL All-Star
Jayson Werth has become the latest Phillies outfielder to make the National League All-Star team, according to an Associated Press report. Werth was added to the roster Friday to replace injured Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Inge, Victorino Voted To ASG By Fans
Brandon Inge and Shane Victorino are going to the All-Star Game.
Morneau To Skip Home Run Derby
Twins slugger Justin Morneau says he has declined an invitation to participate in this month's Home Run Derby.
Who Deserves To Start In All-Star Game?
Using the Field Impact Counter (FIC), which players deserve to start in Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis?
2009 All-Star Game Rosters Announced
The starters for the 2009 All-Star Game to be played at Busch Stadium on July 14 were announced on Sunday.